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Just My Luck (PG-13)

Release Date: May 12th, 2006 by Twentieth Century Fox.
The Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine, Samaire Armstrong, Carlos Ponce, Bree Turner, Faizon Love, Makenzie Vega, Chris Carmack, Tovah Feldshuh.
Directed by Donald Petrie.

BASIC PREMISE: After Ashley (Lohan) accidentally switches her good luck with a stranger, Jake (Pine), prone to bad luck at a masquerade party, she must find him to get back her good luck.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: In Just My Luck Lindsay Lohan tries her best to rise above the one-joke plot, but she mostly fails because of the awkwardly stilted script. The first act sets up that Ashley has a lucky streak: a decent job, winning scratch-off lottery tickets, and the ability to stop New York taxicabs whenever she wants. Jake, on the other hand, has an unlucky streak as he tries to get a record-label for a band he manages. At a masquerade ball, Jake manages to crash the ball in order to run into a wealthy record producer. Jake and Ashley share a brief kiss on the dance floor and, right afterward, their Jake becomes lucky and Ashley becomes unlucky. Of course, Ashley quickly loses her job, ends up in jail, and gets covered in manure, among other unfortunate circumstances. The physical humor during her quest to find Jake could have been a non-stop laugh riot with the right writer director and screenwriter team, but, instead, it comes across as repetitive, low-brow, and simple unfunny. Too many contrived scenes with one-dimensional, annoying characters make this a difficult film to sit through without any real drama or romance to compensate for the lack of comedy. On a positive note, the film moves along on a fast and energetic pace. Unfortunately, the only one who shines is Tovah Feldshuh as a gypsy, a small yet crucial role. Lindsay Lohan has been in much funnier and refreshing movies such as Mean Girls and Freaky Friday.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Even with suspension of disbelief, it doesn’t make sense that during Ashley’s unlucky streak, she luckily runs into Jake at a restaurant.


IN A NUTSHELL: Unfunny, contrived and painfully dull.


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